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Louis Gohmert On Climate Change in 2015 - It's Obama's Fault!!!

Found this article while doing some research and I feel like it was worth reposting given the nature of the Texas climate change disaster and how it's a preview of far worse things to come. File this one under "things that did not age well"!

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) on Wednesday urged Pope Francis to consider “opposing viewpoints” from people who denied global warming instead of listening to President Barack Obama and the mainstream media.

During an interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, host Greta Brawner asked the Tea Party-backed Republican to weigh in on the pope’s warning that God would judge those who did not act on climate change.

“The trouble is that he has been persuaded that climate change is something that is dramatically affecting the planet right now, he’s bought in to all this,” Gohmert explained. “We have had popes that made enormous mistakes that were influenced by the world around them.”

“But if he’ll just really objectively look at the data and see that the world is really not warming,” he continued. “Climate change, I don’t see it so much as a problem. Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.” When Brawner pressed Gohmert about who had persuaded the pope, the congressman pointed to the president and the media.

more
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/louie-gohmert-the-pope-is-treating-climate-change-deniers-like-galileo-and-its-obamas-fault/

This 105-Year-Old Beat Covid. She Credits Gin-Soaked Raisins.

Ask Lucia DeClerck how she has lived to be 105, and she is quick with an answer.

“Prayer. Prayer. Prayer,” she offers. “One step at a time. No junk food.”

But surviving the coronavirus, she said, also may have had something to do with another staple: the nine gin-soaked golden raisins she has eaten each morning for most of her life.

“Fill a jar,” she explained. “Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days.”

Her children and grandchildren recall the ritual as just one of Ms. DeClerck’s endearing lifelong habits, like drinking aloe juice straight from the container and brushing her teeth with baking soda. (That worked, too: She did not have a cavity until she was 99, relatives said.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/nyregion/new-jersey-lucia-declerck-covid.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes


I'm off to go buy a bottle of gin and a box of raisins.

Hey Mike, sorry about trying to kill you, would you mind speaking?

https://twitter.com/TeaPainUSA/status/1363629935475236864

Gee I wonder why he turned them down?

Tucker Carlson guest: Teaching diversity curriculum in schools will "destroy any possibility of fur

It's civilizational crushing, spirit killing, and the long-term effect is to try and get the elites in this country to discard any remaining shred of meritocracy.

The first obligation of education, Tucker, is to be true. The Black Lives Matter narrative is based on lies. It is a lie that racism defines the shape of American society today.

Far more complex factors than racism lie behind socio-economic and racial disparities -- factors like family breakdown, culture, attitudes towards academic achievement, and criminal involvement. Far from being racist, every American mainstream institution today gives preferences to Blacks and Hispanics in hiring.

So, Americans should reject the Black Lives Matter narrative and they should sure reject it in education where it is going to divide this country further and destroy any possibility of further civilizational advance.
https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-guest-teaching-diversity-curriculum-schools-will-destroy-any


Also Tucker Carlson: "Could you define white supremacists?"
https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-warns-viewers-they-could-be-targets-war-white-supremacists

Holy crap they're not even trying to hide it anymore!

Dolly Parton Wants TN To Not Consider A Statue Of Her At Capitol Grounds

https://twitter.com/DollyParton/status/1362431803391377409

Dolly Parton is a national treasure!

2021 - 2025: The Great Hangover

Folks, we're witnessing the dawn of a new period in American history. The post-Donald Trump period. And while Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States, and he rightfully deserves it, I am not going to refer to this period - the years 2021 - 2025 as "the Biden Administration". Instead, I am going to refer to this as "The Great Hangover". In fact, let's use the 2008 film "The Hangover" as a reference for this piece. You know the plot of the movie - it's where a group of yahoos take their best friend to Las Vegas for a night of drunken debauchery before his wedding and the next day they wake up to find him missing, their hotel room completely destroyed, there's a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet, and they can't remember a thing!

And yes we're slowly waking up to the nightmare that was Donald Trump and Republican imperialism. But we didn't get here just plain overnight. Instead, it was a long, slow boil brought to its' absolute peak in 2016 by nearly 45 years of AM radio McCarthyism. Yes, for four long-ass decades, conservatives have been using the power of the AM dial to brutalize, demonize, and demean Democrats to the point where liberalism is considered a dirty word! Despite the fact that in those 40 years, we had 2 terms of Clinton, 2 terms of Obama, and now a term of Biden, hopefully 2.

Then along comes Donald Trump - a man who is promising to "Make America Great Again" by capitalizing on AM radio's greatest fears which include but certainly not limited to "illegal immigrants coming to take your jobs" and "the government coming to take your guns away" Campaign promises included building a laughable wall along the Mexican border (that's currently ruining landscapes and cities across the country) and deporting those they deemed "illegal". Then in a huge upset, he inexplicably (though not surprisingly) defeats Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College - a heavily outdated system that needs to be changed. It's at this point in the movie where we're introduced to the characters, and they get the shiny, fancy car that's used for the backdrop of the night-lit Vegas skyline and some Kanye West playing in the background.

Now we're at the point in the movie where our friendly characters start having shots of Jagermeister on the roof. This is when things start going off the rails. Protest groups literally turn into fight clubs. Children start getting locked away in camps and separated from their parents. There's a new mass shooting every single week and each one is far more horrifying than the one before it. But you wouldn't know it if you were in the MAGA cult because you'd say they were false flags. Even our biggest Hollywood stars are getting outed as the sex offenders and perverts that they are and getting sent to prison and/or exiled from society where they belong. Our fabled institutions start unraveling. And yes I'm well aware that the movie I'm referencing was written and directed by noted sex offender Brett Rattner.

Let's fast forward to the present day. We're in the luxury villa at Caesar's Palace - which they don't even refer to the movie if you try to book that room because they don't want to encourage that behavior. The room is destroyed, there's beer bottles everywhere, we're completely hungover and we don't remember anything that happened the last four years. The photo album that we retrieved from our camera that was lodged in between the seats of our car has pretty frightening and also hilarious stuff on it. Like Trump staring at the sun or him touching the orb with Prince Alwaweed bin Talal, or Angela Merkel staring him down like he was in a gun duel in a spaghetti western, or him boarding Air Force One with a piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe.

But underneath all the funny stuff lies something horrifying. The truth is that the Trump administration was part of an experiment that is seeing fascism and totalitarian dictators rise all over the globe, partly thanks to Facebook, which conservatives have demonized because they banned when they say racist things and came up with a theory called "shadow banning". Which is what happens when you say stupid shit. But it's given us leaders like Turkey's Erdogan, India's Modi, Italy's Burlusconi, the UK's Boris Johnson, the Philippines' Duterte, and is responsible for the Brexit movement. Trump is just another piece of the fascist, anti-globalist puzzle.

The MAGA movement - an offshoot of the Obama-era Tea Party, morphed into something bizarre and sinister called Q Anon. A group that believes in carrying out martial law, executing their opponents, and totalitarian rule. They also believe that the other side are a bunch of Satan worshiping pedophiles who practice cannibalism. And groups that were once known as "militias" like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and III%ers, became full blown paramiltary terrorist units. Which all cultivated and resulted in the insane attack on the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Now we're in the post night-before phase. We're waking up to what's really going on. There's a virus that's killed nearly 500,000 people because Trump called it a hoax and doesn't show signs of disappearing. The Capitol attack was commenced by some of the dumbest criminals alive. People who went in with their cell phones on, with location trackers enabled, took selfies with location data, destroyed and looted the place, literally flung their feces at the walls, screamed "treason", posted to far right social media sites, and then went home like nothing happened. 5 people died during this thing, and they literally beat a police officer to death with a Blue Lives Matter flag. But it wasn't their fault, it was the other guy's fault! Ha ha ha, right.

Hell you probably personally know people who were there, or you know people who've fallen under the spell of the MAGA / Q Anon cult. I've personally lost close friends and family to the MAGA virus, and variant Q.Batshit.01 is particularly contagious. But if Trump gets acquitted - in this part of the movie he escapes from the trunk of the Mercedes and beats the guys with a crowbar, he will come back for his revenge. In the movie, this is the part where there's a mob boss - his character was hilariously played by real life doctor Ken Jeong - who's trying again to take what he thinks is rightfully his. And he has minions.

But we're at a crossroads. While we're trying to figure out to to deal with a mob boss - don't pay him back. The mob boss can't get away with his crimes. Sure, he may have a hostage that is America. And you can't just go on and act like nothing happened, we have to trace back the roots and make sure that it doesn't happen again.

We can make it better though. Instead of repeating the same thing, and being predictable, let's change it for the better. Let's convict Trump and send a message that it's not OK to do what he did. Because if you're given the tools to commit this kind of debauchery again, the sequel is going to be worse. And the third time, you'll find the missing piece of the puzzle from the first time, while dodging something even more dangerous. And trust me, if this movie is given a sequel, it will be worse than the first.

And Now, The End Is Near

And now the end is near



And so I face the final curtain



My friend, I'll say it clear



I'll state my case, of which I'm certain



I've lived a life that's full



I've traveled each and every highway



And more, much more than this, I did it my way



Regrets, I've had a few



But then again, too few to mention



I did what I had to do



And saw it through without exemption



I planned each charted course



Each careful step along the byway



And more, much more than this, I did it my way



Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew



When I bit off more than I could chew



But through it all, when there was doubt



I ate it up and spit it out



I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way



I've loved, I've laughed and cried



I've had my fill, my share of losing



And now, as tears subside



I find it all so amusing



To think I did all that



And may I say, not in a shy way



Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way



For what is a man, what has he got?



If not himself, then he has naught



To say the things he truly feels



And not the words of one who kneels



The record shows



I took the blows



And did it my way



Yes, it was my way



The Donald J. Trump Administration 2016 - 2021. So long douchebags!

If Trump's Campaign Were A Curb Your Enthusiasm Episode:

This episode would be called "Stairs And Ramps".

Scene 1: Trump goes to rally, tries to climb up ramp, needs assistance.



Scene 2: He goes to get sympathy from Suzie and Jeff, but Suzie winds up yelling at him:



Scene 3: Trump attempts to explain himself



Scene 4: Gets advice from Leon:



Scene 5: Trump goes in front of live audience, attempts to get public sympathy



Scene 6: Jeff gets really pissed off and annoyed at him:



Scene 7: Suzie yells at him further and tells him how much she hates him:



Final Scene: Trump is walking down a ramp, stumbles

https://twitter.com/lindyli/status/1299491151557296134

Cue credits:



Donald J. Trump - the sitcom president.

The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a sitcom character. That's all he is. He's no different than your average Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin. Let's extrapolate on this for a minute.

He's a large, overweight, semi-balding oafish doofus who lacks reading comprehension beyond a 4th grade level. He spends all day, every day in front of the TV. He wears the same suit every day and is always trying to cover up the fact that he has very little to no hair. He only occasionally emerges from his TV induced stupor to indulge in all of his favorite vices. Which happen to be tweeting, golfing, fast food, and the occasional MAGA rally. And when he does that, he's almost certainly guaranteed to embarrass himself - both publicly and personally. When he does that, he usually walks away and lets someone else fix it.

Now let's look at the family aspect of this dynamic. He has a hot trophy wife who hates his guts and is somehow still inexplicably married to him despite all of his failures. He has a hot daughter who gets away with everything. He also has the daughter who he treats like garbage (think Lisa or Meg). He has a son who is mysteriously neither seen nor heard, much like a graduate of the revered Milford Academy from Arrested Development. He has two other sons who constantly get in trouble and embarrass themselves in their own ways.

Need more proof that he's a sitcom character? Look at his friends, or the people who he considers friends. There's Sean Hannity, the angry asshole and yes man who will always convince the leader that his schemes are a good idea. Or Mike Pence, the guy who thinks the schemes are a bad idea but goes along with them anyway. And then there's Rudy Giuliani and Roger Stone, the creepy next door neighbors. And their scheming collaborators Julian Assange, Jeannie Pirro, Laura Ingraham, Sebastian Gorka, and Steve Bannon. Who are people who the wife tells you should never, under any circumstances listen to, but you do anyways. And every time you do, you always get into trouble.

Trump is the character who's never had a steady job in his whole life and is constantly looking for the next get rich quick scheme and the easy way out when said get rich quick scheme fails. All of his ventures have been fails. He's the kind of guy who would buy his own slaughterhouse because he wasn't getting quality meat products. Or would start his own airline because he had bad service on a flight. Or would start his own vodka brand to get his own high quality cocktails because, reasons. And when those things fail, he moves onto the next wacky adventure.

Which brings us to our latest episode. People are dying from his latest fuck up. And he's attempting to weasel his way out of this by offering another get rich quick scheme. But it's not working and this won't be resolved in half an hour. This is sweeps week where the simple half hour will turn into a two or three part episode. He's attempted to weasel his way out of this by hawking something dangerous and unproven, which has backfired in his face big time.

Trump thinks he can weasel his way out of this and we'll be back to normal by next week's wacky adventure. But he can't weasel his way out of this one by hawking dangerous cures. This is one colossal fuck up that will last the whole season or not. It's not going to end with a lecture on the evils of modern society and a kiss from mommy. It will probably result in the end of this series. Which can't come soon enough. And he definitely won't be going out on a high note. It won't end the way he thinks it's going to end.

Even in the Simpsons Movie, Homer realized how bad his fuck up was, and how it was eventually going to cost the lives of everyone he thought he cared about, and set out to right the wrong that he wrought on society. Trump on the other hand, doesn't have that kind of integrity. He's leaving us to our own devices and we will all suffer from it. But onto next week's episode!

Foreign countries warn citizens about traveling to the US because of mass shootings

Source: USA Today

Foreign countries are issuing warnings to their citizens about traveling to the United States after a weekend of violence left 31 people dead in two separate mass shootings this weekend.

The Venezuelan government issued a statement urging its citizens to postpone trips to the U.S. after the “recent acts of violence.”

The press release advises that Venezuelans stay away from cities that have the most violence citing a 2019 Forbes article that lists the most dangerous cities in the U.S. These cities were Cleveland; Detroit; Baltimore; St. Louis; Oakland, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Stockton, California; and Buffalo, New York.

Also in Latin America, the Uruguayan government issued a similar release that urges its citizens to take precaution when visiting the U.S. because of its “increasing indiscriminate violence” and hate crimes fueled by “racism and discrimination that cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year.”

The Uruguayan notice specifically advises to avoid places that have a large concentration of people such as theme parks, malls, art festivals, religious activities, food festivals, sports events and mass protests.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/08/06/mass-shootings-force-foreign-countries-issue-us-travel-warnings/1930215001/



Great, the US has officially reached shithole status. Thanks Trump, the GOP, and the NRA.
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